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Benefits of Canola Oil And Its Side Effects

Canola oil, produced by crushing canola seeds, includes variety of nutrition and has less erucic acid. This natural oil is used in various purposes. It aids in losing weight, improving health, and also used for beauty purposes to improve skin and hair.Canola oil provided satisfactory results in substantial reduction in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and an increase in tocopherol levels and improved insulin sensitivity.

Benefits of Canola Oil And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Canola Oil
Nutritional Value of Canola Oil
Health Benefits of Canola Oil
Healthy heart
Lowers Cholesterol
Reduces Inflammation
Skin Care
Increases Energy Levels
Lowers Cancer Risk
Improves Brain Function
Canola Oil For Hair
Uses of Canola Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Canola Oil
Cultivation of Canola Oil

Canola Oil

Canola oil is obtained from the crushed seeds of the Canola plant, which is a part of the Brassica family. Canola plants grow to a height between three to six feet and produces fragrant, pretty, bright yellow flowers. Seeds from mature Canola plants are crushed to extract the oil which is then refined, processed, bottled and sold as oil for external use as well as consumption.

Nutritional Value of Canola Oil

Canola oil contains fat soluble vitamins E and K.A typical fatty acid composition of canola oil includes saturated fatty acid which appriximates 7%,monounsaturated fatty acid with an approximate proportion of 63% and polyunsaturated fatty acid as 28% (with omega-6 and omega-3 in a 2:1 ratio). The high proportion of monosaturated fatty acids provide canola oil its health benefits.

Health Benefits of Canola Oil

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Canola Oil
Health Benefits of Canola Oil

Healthy heart

Canola oil has the highest level of the plant sterols, mainly beta sterol and campesterol.Food which contain greater concentration of sterols lower the risk of various heart diseases.Besides, the phytosterols that are found in canola oil can actually check the creation and absorption of cholesterol, thus promoting a robust heart health.

Lowers Cholesterol

Plant sterol inhibits the absorption of cholesterol in the body, thus reducing the level by 10-15%. It has high proportion of mono-unsaturated fats (MUFA), which reduces LDL or omega -6 (bad cholesterol) and promotes good cholesterol or omega-3 (HDL). Therefore canola oil stimulates healthy lipid profile.

Reduces Inflammation

Canola oil helps to improve joint tenderness and stiffness can be reduced. It is also helpful for people suffering from inflammation due to acute arthritis. Canola oil also reduces the inflammation due to asthma and bowel disorders and thus acts as a vital anti-inflammatory agent.

Skin Care

Canola oil is rich in vitamin E and K, which helps to eradicate skin problems like wrinkles, fine lines, acne, blemishes etc. and give a youthful shiny skin to individuals. Vitamin E is very effective as an antioxidant, and is able to protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals. This can help skin remain supple and smooth, increasing the healing rate of injuries, and slowing down the appearance of wrinkles.

Increases Energy Levels

The low amount of cholesterol and the high amount of important antioxidants present in canola oil can benefit the body’s metabolism operate at a normal rate. Our body doesn’t become sluggish and the energy isn’t sapped by slow circulation or an overstressed cardiovascular system.

Lowers Cancer Risk

Antioxidants, like vitamin E, are very effective against cancer. The harmful free radicals cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous cells. The vitamin E present in canola oil can greatly reduce chances of contracting cancer. If already affected by cancer cells, canola oil helps to lower down its multiplication and spread thus helping in aiding cancer treatment.

Improves Brain Function

The antioxidants that combat free radicals are present in canola oil and prevent damage to the brain. It lowers the risks of getting Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Canola Oil For Hair

Canola oil hair treatments are an excellent remedy for dryness, breakage, frizzy hair and split ends.It can help get rid of dandruff, frizzy and rough hair and improve quality of tresses.

Uses of Canola Oil

Canola oil may improve glycemic control as it is contains low-GL.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Canola Oil

Canola oil contains the infamous chemical warfare agent mustard gas and can cause several problems. It can cause liver and heart problems,. The partially hydrogenated vegetable oil can cause inflammation and calcification of arteries.These enhance the risk factors for coronary heart disease.The euroric acid in canola oil is harmful and may cause retardation of normal growth.

Cultivation of Canola Oil

Canola was first bred from rapeseed at the University of Manitoba in Canada by Keith Downey and Baldur R. Stefansson.

Popular Questions & Answers

How can I increase my muscle fat if I have done lots of masturbation from last 4 years around 2 to 3 times a day please help.

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Ayurveda, Panipat
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Wife afraid of penetration by penis. Tries to withdraw even when I approach her for initiating sex. If penetration is successful, she cries in severe pain. She is 51 and menopause el now. She is very afraid of sex. Lubricants jelly tried. No sex position works for her.

MBBS
Sexologist, Panchkula
Your wife is afraid of penetration by penis. She is feeling pain due to dryness in vagina. I advise you to use coconut or canola oil for lubrication and do sex in Missionary position and keep her feet above bed that is in air, during penetration of penis in vagina. Follow this and be happy.
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I'm a vegetarian and I workout for an hour everyday, 6 days a weak. However, being skinny, I'm not able to gain weight. I also cycle an average of 40 km weekly. What diet should I follow? I'm tired of eating boiled eggs.

Masters in Nutritional Therapy, bachelor of Bio chemistry
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kannur
Here you are doing proper exercise. Physical activity will increase your energy need, here I don't know about your life style and daily food intake, if you want weight gain then you have to increase the energy intake. Before your exercise you have to take easily digestible energy and protein rich foods (Fruits milk shakes, Mix nuts milk shakes, home made protein bars etc) and after exercise also you have to take foods with good source of protein. Apart from protein you have to take enough amount of carbohydrate and adequate fat. Don't stick with a particular type of foods, that will make you deficient in some nutrients. Take all different colored vegetables and fruits, take all verities of cereals and millets, also try to include different nuts. Make a proper plan for your normal day and make proper timing for exercise and food intake, in between food intake maintain minimum 2.5 hrs and maximum 3 hrs of gap and include all verities of food. Per day take at least 2.5 to 3 liter of water. Without your complete dietary and life style recall it is difficult to give a personalized plan. Plan your self and increase the food consumption in a healthy way and be regular in exercise and you will get weight gain.

Hello sir my cholesterol lipid profile total cholesterol 124 mg/dl triglycerides 197 hdl 26 ldl 78 any problem sir please help me.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Guntur
Hi, your triglycerides are a bit on higher side and HDL is on lower side. If you are over weight start exercising regularly (walking/workouts) and reduction in weight can help you. Include whole grain cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables, skimmed milk and milk products, lean meat and skin out chicken in your diet. Your meal pattern should be of 6 meals where you will be having break fast, mid morning snack, lunch, evening snack, dinner and bed time snack. Avoid oily or fat foods, junk foods, butter, ghee, margarine, vanaspati, palm oil, red meat, organ meat. Include flaxseeds, oats, chia seeds almonds (5-6 in no.), green tea, fatty fish (tuna, trout, salmon, sardine), avocado (in limited portion), olive oil/canola oil/ rice bran oil.
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Dr. please tell me what are the food that contains omega 3 Dr. please tell me what are the foods we have to eat grow taller.

BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Lucknow
Soybeans (Roasted) Not many people know that this plant source is quite rich in Omega-3 fats. Walnuts..Salmon. Canola Oil. Sardines..Chia Seeds. Mackerel..Flaxseeds.

Popular Health Tips

Antioxidants And Their Delicious Sources

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Antioxidants And Their Delicious Sources

Antioxidants: What are they?

Antioxidants are free radical scavengers known to enhance our immunity. We know that fruits and vegetables with vibrant colors are great sources of antioxidants. Many times we wish that foods that taste delicious were as healthy as these fruits and veggies. Here is something to cheer you up. The foods listed below are not only tasty but also rich in antioxidants.

Antioxidants and their sources:

  • Eggs: Egg yolk contains an antioxidants called “lutein”. Lutein is known to prevent muscular degeneration and cataracts. Though the lutein content in yolk is lesser than the lutein content of the green leafy veggies, but according to some studies the lutein from yolk is more effectively absorbed due to the fat content of the yolk.
  • Tinned beans: Tinned beans contains phytochemicals. Phytochemicals repair damaged dna and also neutralize free radicals. Small red beans, dark kidney beans and black beans are rich in antioxidants. You can now enjoy your baked beans with a touch of health.
  • Whole grain pasta/noodles: These whole grain dishes contain polyphenols. Polyphenols are strong anti-cancerous elements. Whole grain pasta and noodles contain 3 to 4 times more antioxidants than the regular ones. In combination to antioxidants these foods also contain good amount of fiber that help in regulating cholesterol levels.
  • Yogurt: There is an additional health benefit to this yummy delight. Although it does not directly contain any antioxidants, it does contain riboflavin which enhances or promotes the activity of antioxidants glutathione. Riboflavin being a water soluble vitamin b, it easily flushes out of the body. You need to consume yogurt on a daily basis to be benefited.
  • Organic milk: Organic milk is the milk obtained from cows that feed on organic food. The antioxidant value of this milk is 40 to 50 times greater than the cows raised in a conventional manner. Antioxidants like vitamin e, lutein and beta carotene are present in it. Organic cheese and butter are other options you may choose.
  • Popcorn: Popcorn is not only a fast and favorite snack, but it also is good in its fiber and antioxidant content. A study carried out by the university of scranton revealed that the whole grain snack foods such as popcorn have surprisingly high levels of polyphenols which have anti-cancerous properties.
  • Natural sweeteners: Natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar contain good amount of anti oxidants. Darker the color of honey, greater is its antioxidant content. The non-commercial varieties of honey contain poly phenol. Adding these natural sweeteners in your dessert instead of table sugar does have some added benefit.
  • Canola oil: Canola oil contains alpha-tocopherol. Alpha-tocopherol prevents the oxidation of bad cholesterol (ldl), preventing the release of free radicals. No wonder canola oil is considered to be heart-healthy oil.
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8 Lifestyle Modifications which can keep your Heart Healthy

Ph.D(Clinical Nutrition), M.Sc(Foods&Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
8 Lifestyle Modifications which can keep your Heart Healthy

8 Lifestyle Modifications which can keep your HEART HEALTHY                              

Lifestyle changes characterised by rising incomes, sedentary jobs, and high levels of stress are some of the factors that have contributed to the high incidence of cardio-vascular disease. In India, cardio vascular diseases are responsible for one-third of all deaths. Controlling the risk factors and adopting a healthier lifestyle can make a big difference when it comes to this disease.

  1. EAT SENSIBLY: Avoid saturated fats and trans-fats as they raise the bad cholesterol level (LDL). Check the labels of food items before consuming them and avoid anything that is “partially hydrogenated” as this is a clear indicator that it contains trans-fat. Cut out red meat from your diet and add fruits and vegetables instead. However, not all fats are bad for the body, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats this include Omega-3 and Omega-6 are essential for good health and help protect against risk of heart attacks and strokes. Food items that contain good fats include almond, walnut, avocado, tuna and flax seed.
  2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT OIL: Cooking oil needs to be chosen carefully to maintain heart health and optimum levels of cholesterol in the body. Use oils with the higher monounsaturated fat content and lower saturated fat content, such as canola oil, olive oil and groundnut oil can be used. Do not reuse your cooking oil as this can result in the creation of trans-fat.
  3. WALK / EXERCISE : Exercise helps protect against heart disease and several forms of cancer. But besides regular exercise every extra step you take during the day builds up your ‘health balance’, and help prevent disease. Try and factor in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as walking) in your daily life. Exercise burns the excess fats in the body and helps control the blood cholesterol. It will also reduce stress and normalise the pulse rate.
  4. KEEP BODY WEIGHT IN CONTROL: Studies have shown that exercise programs and healthy eating lead to improved health parameters, even in the absence of weight loss. However, these studies should not be seen to be a license to be overweight. Body weight is directly related to eating behaviours and the type of food being consumed. Depending on your height and age, it’s advisable to figure out your ideal weight and then make an effort to achieve or maintain that.
  5. DESTRESS / RELAX : Stress has several negative effects on our body, and should be kept under control. While, some stress is important it is vital to not allow it to completely take over our lives. Take up a hobby that helps you relax. It could be something as simple as cooking or gardening but make sure you take some time out for yourself.
  6. KEEP BP NORMAL: Blood pressure is an important measure for prevention of heart attacks. Your heart has to work harder to push blood through your body when your blood pressure is high. This causes your heart to enlarge and can speed up atherosclerosis (deposition of fats inside the arteries). In case you suffer from this condition, make sure you take your medications on time.

Avoiding excessive consumption of sodium can also help reduce high blood pressure.

  1. ABSTAIN FROM SMOKING: A smoker’s risk of having a heart attack is more than twice that of a non-smoker. Smoking speed up the development of plaque in the arteries. It also reduces the level of the good cholesterol (known as HDL), and increases the stickiness of blood cells causing blood clots inside the arteries.
  2. SUGAR IS YOUR ENEMY No.1: If you have diabetes, keep the blood sugar under ‘tight control’. Remember, physical activity is the best way to burn off excess sugar in the blood. Those with diabetes are more prone to heart disease, especially women.
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Pregnancy - 5 Tips To Control Obesity During It!

MBBS, MS -Gynaecologist
IVF Specialist, Varanasi
Pregnancy - 5 Tips To Control Obesity During It!

Are you gaining excessive amount of weight during your pregnancy, well you are not alone.  Most of the pregnant women tend to be overweight or obese. You are viewed as overweight, if your pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) is approximately between twenty-five and twenty-nine. Your BMI is the relationship between your height and weight. You are considered obese, if your BMI is thirty or more.

However, here are some ways with which you can control the weight gain during pregnancy:

  1. Eat a solid, yet less-calorie dietUtilize a convenient pregnancy food journal to ensure you are getting enough supplements and drinking a lot of water every day. The journal is additionally helpful for keeping track of your mood swings and appetite levels, so you can spot patterns you may need to change. Since you realize that you have to take after a particular eating regimen, the following are very solid for you:
    • Crisp leafy foods
    • Oats and bread made with whole grains
    • Low-fat milk and dairy items
    • Foods rich in folate such as strawberries, spinach and beans
    • Unsaturated "good" fats such as olive oil, canola oil, and shelled nut oil
  2. Regular exercise: In case you are a relative newcomer to work out, you can start with pregnancy exercise for beginners. You can practice low-impact exercises; for example, walking, swimming and light heart stimulating exercises. Never begin an exercise without first talking with your medicinal services supplier or doctor. Furthermore, make sure to you adhere to the thirteen principles of safe pregnancy work out. A few women do get in shape during pregnancy in case that they roll out solid eating regimen and make way for life improvements, so make sure to check in with your specialist if this happens.
  3. Comprehend your calorie needs: As specified before, not all pregnant women have to put on equivalent measures of weight. Thus, you have to know precisely what number of calories you require. Talk with your specialist to get the correct number.
  4. Eat frequent, small meals: This is true when you need to deal with your weight, pregnant or not. Eating successive little dinners is particularly helpful when you are pregnant. Eating a full feast makes you wiped out.
  5. Taking prenatal pre-natal vitamins: This is something your specialist will recommend in any case. Yet, in case that you require an extra motivation to take your pre-birth vitamins consistent, then this is it. As you most likely are aware, your body needs additional food and nutrients during pregnancy. In case that you need to deal with your weight and take in the supplements without stacking yourself with calories, take your vitamins.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Olive Oil - 5 Oils That Can Easily Substitute It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Pune
Olive Oil - 5 Oils That Can Easily Substitute It!

Olive oil can reduce your appetite if consumed regularly, reveals a study conducted by the University of Georgia. The study suggests that eating foods high in polyunsaturated fats regularly can have an effect on your hormones, which will result in reduced appetite and olive oil is a known form of polyunsaturated fat. Also, as per another study published in the Journal of Cancer Therapy, recommends cooking vegetables in olive oil will be helpful in reducing the risk of cancer. 

These studies definitely certify that today, olive oil is the king of oils, whether you’re making desserts or frying chicken. And, it has become a staple substitute for butter, ghee and lard, because, in comparison to these fats, olive oil has only about 40 calories per teaspoon. However, there are times when olive oil is either not available or you are not in a position to buy it, then in such a case what other alternatives should you go for? 

Here are a few other oils that are just as healthy:

  1. Canola Oil: Canola oil is produced from the rapeseed plant. This is an extremely versatile oil and can be used for cooking and baking as it has a neutral taste. As compared to olive oil, canola oil has less saturated fat and hence can even be considered the healthier alternative. In fact, canola oil has the lowest level of saturated fats amongst all cooking oils.
  2. Peanut Oil: Peanut oil is another heart-healthy oil that can be used in place of olive oil. This oil has a high smoke point and hence is best suited for frying foods. It also has a longer shelf life as compared to other oils. However, many people are allergic to peanuts and if you have been diagnosed with such an allergy, you should avoid using peanut oil.
  3. Sesame Oil: Sesame oil is very popular in Asian cuisine. It is a great substitute for olive oil when it comes to cooking food on the stovetop. However, this oil has a strong taste and hence should be used sparingly. It is also a little higher in its polyunsaturated fats as compared to olive oil. There are two types of sesame oil; dark sesame oil and light sesame oil. The former is ideal for seasoning food while the latter may be used to fry foods.
  4. Avocado oil: Avocado oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Thus, making it a heart-friendly oil that helps lower bad cholesterol level and maintains good cholesterol level. Avocado oil can be used to cook food or can be used as a dressing. This oil has a mild taste that enhances the overall flavor of the dish.
  5. Coconut oil: Coconut oil is another heart-healthy oil. This oil is rich in lauric acid; a type of saturated fat. It helps in lowering the level of cholesterol and can prevent heart diseases. Coconut oil can be used to fry foods as well as to bake foods. It has a slight sweetness in its taste and if you are very health conscious, you can opt for virgin coconut oil.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Want to get rid Of ill effects of Smog / Fog / Pollution?

BSc Home Science, M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Want to get rid Of ill effects of Smog / Fog / Pollution?

Your diet is missing in multiple nutrients hence not able to protect itself from dis-eases. Your body does not get enough supply of nutrients and due to pollution (environmental, water, food, air quality, soil, chemicals used outside and inside home etc.) the nutrients are exhausted faster and the requirement increases multifolds.

The remedy is to eat as many fruits and veg in a day - fresh, juiced (but un-strained) or as mixed fruit bowl, mixed salad etc. all uncooked. Remember the antioxidants (protective nutrients – protect our body from diseases, valuable for preventing sicknesses, beneficial for protecting the body from further damage, if taken in sufficiency even reverse certain symptoms) are mostly present in foods which are in the natural form. So consume the foods the way nature produces for us.

Vitamins A, C, E & Omega are major antioxidants and should be taken in dietary and supplemental form along with Echinacea (herb) to boost the immunity, making you strong enough to fight the infections and diseases.

Therefore consume foods:

1. Rich in omega3 to counteract the inflammatory allergic response such as wall nuts, pecan nuts, flex seeds, chia seeds, mildly roasted or lightly cooked soya beans, canola oil, etc.

2. Rich in antioxidants such as all kinds of all kinds of berries strawberries, black berries, blue berries, bilberries, gooseberries, cranberries, raspberries, mulberries, etc.

3. Rich in Vitamin C and other nutrients - fruits such as oranges, apples, quince, pears, custard apple, kiwi, pineapple, papaya, pomegranate, sweet lime, lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, banana, apricot, lychees, rambutan, toddy fruit, plums, peach, avocado, amla, olives, cherries, watermelons, muskmelon, fig, guava, grapes etc.

4. Good food sources of other protective nutrients in different color vegetables like baby corn, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, bell peppers / capsicum, cucumber, cabbage, kale, parsley, cauliflower, spinach, green onion, lettuce tomatoes, onions, radish, and more - eaten as raw - as salads....

5. Herbs such as ginger, turmeric, mint, coriander, celery etc

6. Uncooked sprouts of all the lentils. Some nutrients missing in the lentils or legumes are synthesized during the process of germination and available best in uncooked form especially for 4 from Vitamin B group, Vitamin C and many others

7. Warm decoctions such as green tea, herbal tea, tulsi tea, jeera tea, ajwain tea, methi tea, etc.

However, when you already got the health concern, your body requires more antioxidants then it would require on a regular basis. If your lungs and liver are affected then you should undergo a nutritional therapy for a certain period of time to get your health back.

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Table of Content

Canola Oil
Nutritional Value of Canola Oil
Health Benefits of Canola Oil
Healthy heart
Lowers Cholesterol
Reduces Inflammation
Skin Care
Increases Energy Levels
Lowers Cancer Risk
Improves Brain Function
Canola Oil For Hair
Uses of Canola Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Canola Oil
Cultivation of Canola Oil